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Crew remains hopeful; efforts to rescue stranded vessel continue

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The Chinese icebreaker, The Snow Dragon came within just seven nautical miles of the stranded Russian vessel when it was unable to push through the thick heavy ice.

A French ice breaker also called off its mission about twelve nautical miles from the ship.

Both ships are waiting in place.

Now the stranded Russian research ship is putting its hopes on a third icebreaker from Australia, said to have the best ice-breaking capabilities, which is expected to arrive by late Sunday their time.

The stranded ship left New Zealand on November 28th carrying seventy four tourists, crew, and scientists

They were recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's 1911 voyage to Antarctica when on Tuesday high winds wrapped sea ice around the ship freezing it in place.

The location they are at is notorious for high winds, Mawson actually labeled the area the 'home of the blizzard'.

It's in the Guinness Book of Records as the windiest place in world with average wind speeds of 70 kilometers an hour."

But the ship is not in danger of sinking.

There are weeks worth of supplies.

In fact, the crew is said to be doing just dandy.

They celebrated Christmas with a feast and even had their own ‘secret Santa’ gift exchange.

One crew member says theyr're just waiting and keeping the spirits of the rest of the team high.

Scientists aren't letting a little thing like being stranded at sea stop them from exploring.

They are passing the time by counting birds in the area, posting videos on Twitter, and drilling through the ice surrounding the ship to photograph sea life.

And the scientists on board say they plan on continuing their expedition once they are freed.

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